April is National Facial Protection Month, so we are answering all of your burning questions about mouthguards and how to protect you teeth from unnecessary damage.
What is a mouthguard?
A mouthguard is an inexpensive piece of protective gear worn over the teeth. Athletes frequently use them to prevent sports-related injuries.
Why are mouthguards important?
Mouthguards help cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to your lips, tongue, face or jaw. According to the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation, athletes are 60 percent more likely to suffer harm to the teeth if they’re not wearing a mouthguard.
Which sports require a mouthguard?
Many parents think mouthguards are only required for heavy contact sports like football and hockey, but the truth is oral injuries can happen during any sport! In fact, the American Association of Orthodontics encourages all players to wear a mouthguard during both games and practices.
But aren’t mouthguards difficult to wear?
Some people think mouthguards are uncomfortable and distracting, making it more difficult to focus during an intense game. Luckily new advances in mouthguard technology have made products even more comfortable and easy to wear. There are many options to choose from including custom-made mouthgaurds and less expensive “boil and bite” protectors. Dr. Pulsipher can help you decide which mouthguard will provide the best protection and comfort based on your individual needs.
Mouthguards are an essential piece of sports equipment, so don’t wait until it’s too late! Call Dr. Pulsipher today to discuss your options for protecting your teeth.